Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: ROSSANA SAMPUGNARO

Course Structure

Lectures, reading of texts and workshops

Required Prerequisites

It would be preferable to have already attended an introductory course in sociology or social research methodology, although it is not essential

Attendance of Lessons

Detailed Course Content

The aim of the course is to provide students with elements needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the politically relevant phenomena. The course introduces the main theoretical and research perspectives on key issues of political sociology: culture and political identity, political cleavages, organizations (parties, lobbies, interest groups and movements), political participation, electoral behaviour and public opinion. A special focus is on the relationship between democracy, citizenship and political communication in the context of post-representative politics: the new forms of triangulation between media, politics and citizens, the disintermediation and the new meanings of participation. The phenomena are studied from a perspective of multidipliscinary and

integrated knowledge: different conceptual and methodological tools, looking at the historical evolution of the discipline. Therefore, the course allows acquisition of knowledge concerning policy relevant issues and the formation of abilities needed to identify contemporary political issues

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

The exam is in oral form. The assessment will take into account the candidate's grasp of the content and skills acquired, linguistic accuracy and lexical propriety, as well as his or her ability to argue.